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Prayer and Parable: Stories

Prayer and Parable: Stories

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by Paul Maliszewski
     
 

"You want me to tell you what sets Maliszewski apart? The answer is probity. The answer also is decency. Here's another answer: modesty, tact, exactitude, pertinence, reverence, wit. All told, Maliszewski has all the graces, which is why I, in my old age, am renewed and schooled by him. Oh, and another thing: Paul Maliszewski takes no crap."—Gordon

Overview

"You want me to tell you what sets Maliszewski apart? The answer is probity. The answer also is decency. Here's another answer: modesty, tact, exactitude, pertinence, reverence, wit. All told, Maliszewski has all the graces, which is why I, in my old age, am renewed and schooled by him. Oh, and another thing: Paul Maliszewski takes no crap."—Gordon Lish

At a campground, a divorced father confronts a man he believes hurt his daughter. A devoted student traces a winding path through the snow, searching for the next most beautiful thing. Two brothers watch their father tinker lovingly with his homemade robots. In Paul Maliszewski’s debut story collection, men and women struggle to do right. They argue. They think. They think again. They have odd dreams. Often they fail at being good, and yet, on occasion, they realize moments of true kindness. In language that is at once simple and supple, plain-spoken and arresting, these twenty-eight stories describe complete lives in sharp detail, lives we may recognize as not unlike our own.

Paul Maliszewski has published essays in Harper's, Granta, and Bookforum, among other magazines. His stories have appeared in The Paris Review, One Story, and BOMB and have been awarded two Pushcart Prizes. Fakers, a collection of essays, was published by The New Press in 2009. He lives in Washington, DC, with his wife and son.

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Publishers Weekly
A collection of 28 odd, captivating stories, Maliszewski's skillful latest (after essay collection Fakers) highlights his ability for creating arresting tales out of ordinary situations. From a boy's discovery of a dead coyote in 1970s Louisiana ("Prayer for What Will Be Revealed") to the story of a father who overlooks his sons for his inventions ("Prayer for the Long Life of Certain Inanimate Objects"), Maliszewski's expansive imagination and dry delivery give these pieces the feel of being tales from a dimension slightly off from ours. The stories extend in length from less than a page to 50 pages (as with the especially excellent "Prayer for What They Said and They Were Not Told"), giving the collection a wide-open feel—ambitious, but not overwhelming—as Maliszewski works with sometimes disarming themes (dead and dying animals, grandmothers, Marco Polo, troubling dreams). Granted, some of the shorter works feel too minor, like the seed of a larger idea jotted in a notebook, but the overall effect isn't unlike flipping through the snapshots of a stranger's vacation: you might not know what's going on all the time, but if you allow yourself that indulgence, it's easy enough to enjoy the view. (May)

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9781934200445
Publisher:
Fence Magazine, Incorporated
Publication date:
04/19/2011
Pages:
176
Product dimensions:
5.86(w) x 8.02(h) x 0.66(d)

Meet the Author


Paul Maliszewski has published essays in Harper’s, Granta, and Bookforum, among other magazines. His stories have appeared in The Paris Review, One Story, and Bomb and have been awarded two Pushcart Prizes. Fakers, his first collection of essays, was published by The New Press in 2009. He lives in Washington, DC, with his wife and son.

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